About Cyber STARS

Palo Alto Networks is committed to making a difference by addressing racial disparity in technology – particularly in the Black community – by increasing exposure, access, support and opportunity to underrepresented students interested in pursuing a career in technology.

At Palo Alto Networks, we believe in uplifting our communities and helping shape future generations. That's why we've created Cyber STARS, which seeks to bridge the digital divide and create opportunity through: education, training, mentorship, and economic empowerment for K-12 students in schools serving large numbers of Black and brown students.

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Program Overview and Plan

Cybersecurity Education

Review our Cyber A.C.E.S. lessons and request a speaker!


1:1 mentorships with cybersecurity professionals

Scholarships, Internships
& Apprenticeships

Academic support and training for those who are pursuing cybersecurity careers

School and District
Financial Support

Grants to schools and districts to support cybersecurity educators
(Future Phase)

About Our Cyber Scholars Program

For the 2023-2024 academic school year, Palo Alto Networks has once again partnered with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund to identify and award scholarships for students in select technology-related STEM and business fields studying at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs).

In addition to direct financial assistance, recipients are extended the offer of a Palo Alto Networks employee mentor for the duration of the academic school year to support their individual personal and professional growth. Recipients are also offered networking, resource, and other professional opportunities with the company when available.

Palo Alto Networks has also recently extended the Cyber Scholars program to support Latin American and Hispanic communities through the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Raíces Cyber, and the José M. Hernández Reaching for the Stars Foundation.

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